Extend your trip to Tutka Bay Lodge, harbored in a secluded cove where old-growth forest meets the sparkling Kachemak Bay. Explore surrounding woodlands on foot, and kayak the pristine waters of a neighboring fjord as you seek out resident sea otters and whales. Set out for a deep-sea fishing expedition, or take to the skies on a thrilling helicopter excursion to view brown bears or walk atop a glacier. Throughout your stay, savor the award-winning sea-to-table cuisine of chef and lodge owner Kirsten Dixon.
Day 1—South Central Alaska Wilderness/Tutka Bay
Instead of traveling to Anchorage on Day 8, fly from Winterlake Lodge directly to the Kenai Peninsula by floatplane. Settle into your cabin at Tutka Bay Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World
set amid old-growth Sitka spruce at the mouth of a stunning fjord. For lunch, get your first taste of chef and lodge owner Kirsten Dixon’s award-winning sea-to-table cuisine. Then set out by kayak to explore the bay, seeking out sea otters and other marine life as you paddle to secret coves and secluded isles. Later, join a naturalist guide in foraging for wild edibles in the forests surrounding the lodge. Bring your bounty back to the Wilderness Kitchen, fashioned from an old crabbing boat. As a National Geographic guests, you’ll enjoy a private gourmet dinner, as well as the opportunity to chat with the chef preparing your meal.
Tutka Bay Lodge
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Day 2—Tutka Bay
This morning, choose from one of the following excursions: a deep-sea fishing trip to catch salmon and halibut; a wildlife-viewing adventure on the Katmai Coast, home to one of the largest concentrations of brown bears in the world; or a helicopter ride to the Grewingk Glacier in Kachemak Bay State Park to kayak or paddleboard among the ice floes. This evening, gather for a wine and cheese tasting featuring selections from the famous Murray’s cheese shop in Manhattan, washed down with Alaskan brews and gourmet sodas. After dinner, soak in the lodge’s wood-fired hot tub overlooking the bay, or go for a soothing sauna.
Tutka Bay Lodge
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Day 3—Tutka Bay/Anchorage
Depart Tutka Bay Lodge by water taxi, and cruise across the bay to the town of Homer. Transfer to the airport and fly to Anchorage to continue your private expedition. Enjoy a private tour of Anchorage, including a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city at your leisure. Consider a visit to the Anchorage Museum, or take a stroll or bike ride along the scenic Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, frequented by moose and other area wildlife.
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Transfer to the Anchorage airport to catch your flight home.
Rates June – September 2018
Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single traveler prices are available upon request.
Airfare between Winterlake Lodge, Tutka Bay Lodge and Anchorage are not included in the expedition cost, and are an additional $780 (subject to change).
A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based upon local holidays, events and festivals.